Nothing happens until someone buys something! This show is a presentation of advertising, hailing from the points of views of consumer, manufacturer, and sales. "Another edition of hidden perspectives on the world around us."
Classic Negativland sequences, such as Announcement from Escape from Noise and the concert favorite Free TV or Pay TV are peppered throughout. Commercials frequently appear, begging you to try Anacin, Wendy's, Cremo Cigars, Estes Candy, Pepsi, Dodge, Alka-Seltzer, Lazer Tag, Vaseline, Sado, Ragu, Steely Dan, the Apple Macintosh, Lifebouy and the Bell System. Meanwhile, a sales training session walks through customer role-playing to handle all possible circumstances, and voice actors flub and mess with their scripts:So you're philosophical? And your father needs to get on the bank.
Station identification and music beds are advertised and broken down to their exact components. "Double Plus Good" by the Eurythmics starts us down the road of learning the process of advertising politicians. And ultimately, the salesmen are sold the very idea of sales in a safari that turns out to be a hunt and trap for customers, because Selling is Killing.
The show is entirely derailed by Ronald Redball, who argues with Crosley Bendix over The upcoming Fire Show, which played the next week - do we count the Thursday or the Friday when figuring out the date of the show? Is it this week or next? And when do we get back on track? Not until we get an update on the whereabouts of one Mark Hosler, wearing his boots in Washington.
If you can't lick 'em, put 'em on with a big piece of tape.
April 27, 2016 Subject:
Thanks, Point of Conjuction!
You're quite right - even during this show, you can hear arguments about the calendar year. It's clearly a March 1988 show.
Reviewer:Point of Conjunction
January 18, 2016 Subject:
Great stuff, but not from 1983
This episode is awesome, but it isn't dated correctly. The date says March 1983, but some of audio pieces used in the mix date this episode to at least 1986. At 1:25:00, you can hear a commercial for World of Wonder's LAZER Tag, which was introduced in 1986 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li_LiNKHK9c last commercial). The Michael J. Fox Pepsi commercial near the beginning also dates from past '83. There are a lot of audio samples from The Perfect Cut and Helter Stupid in this mix, as well as the intro from Escape From Noise, which makes me think this may be from that late 80's era.
Other cool stuff in this episode:
IF PAY TV TAKES OVER (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIgZHZpiq1U)
"Remember, nuthin happens until someone buys something."
"So you're... philosophical?"
Murrow doing soda spots
Redball temporarily derailing the mix
Can't wait to make my way through the rest of these.